Angela Amman

Show and tell – 5 things to read

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working on her Science Fair project… one of the seven million things on the calendar this week

I blinked at my calendar several times this week, wondering how we could possibly be at all of the places outlined, how we could finish all of the projects, cross all of the t’s, and just generally make it through this last surge of the school year before summer.

(Let’s not talk about how Abbey is actually in school for another month.)

I’d like to start a quick weekly wrap-up — places I’ve visited with my words in tow, other essays I’ve read that I’ve adored, bits and pieces of what’s made me overly emotional this week. Another version of my Five Things posts, I hope you find something to read that touches you as you fall into the weekend.

  • Looking back at LTYM Metro Detroit 2015 gives a glimpse of how much Listen To Your Mother meant to me — and to my partner-in-crime, Angela — this year.
  • Focus on the Lollipops is an essay I wrote that found a home on Mamalode, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I get so bogged down in big decisions, big thoughts, and big worries that I don’t always remember to breathe in the sweet parts of life.
  • In Front Porch Season: My Happy Place, Angela Youngblood shares the space that grounds her when life throws her a curveball — and when it’s at its most beautiful. We should all have a place that makes us feel as happy as Angela’s front porch.
  • Their Love, by Andrea at About 100% hit me exactly where I needed it this week. As Dylan’s time at preschool tiptoes to a close, I’ve been thinking about what this next chapter of childhood means for our family. Immersed in babies and toddlers and preschools and constant child-wrangling for so long, I’m beginning to feel a little adrift about how I’ll mother when I’m not with my kids for long stretches of time. This gorgeous glimpse into what my future could look like — I hope! — brought a little peace about these next steps.
  • The Friend by Matthew Teague at Esquire is an exquisite homage to a friendship that saved a man’s life when his wife faced a terminal cancer diagnosis. Death and dying can drive a wedge between even the closest friends, and this essay weaves together the brutality of losing a spouse with a stunning testament of friendship, acts of service, and the goodness that lives in humanity. If you feel lost or confused about the damage people can cause each other, this is the read for you — even in its most chilling moments, love prevails.


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